Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on February 26, 2017

By Frank Karsten

Learn more about Grand Prix Utrecht’s Top 8 competitors—including who they are, why they chose their Standard deck, and more—by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles!


SAMUEL VUILLOT

Age: 27

Hometown: Paris, France

Occupation: Head of technical support

Number of byes: 2

Previous Magic accomplishments:

2 Grand Prix Top 32s; 11-5 at Pro Tour Dublin.

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mardu Vehicles with Walking Ballista because it's the best deck. And Eliott Boussaud is a hell of a deckbuilder!!

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Thraben Inspector, that card does it all!

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Release the Gremlins, that card is so good right now.



FABRIZIO CAMPANINO

Age: 27

Hometown: I'm from Napoli, but I live in Perugia, Italy

Occupation: Sales manager for Dal Tenda

Number of byes: 2

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I have played 5 Pro Tours. And back-to-back in Top 8 after Grand Prix Prague last month.

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mardu Ballista because it is the more solid Mardu version.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar because it's Gideon!

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Ob Nixilis Reignited.



ALEXANDRE HABERT

Age: 24, 25 in a few days

Hometown: Toulouse, France

Occupation: Delivery man in a family business

Number of byes: 2

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 GP Sevilla; some money finishes at GPs, 1-time French National Champion.

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mardu Vehicles with 4 Walking Ballista main deck, and a 14-card superfriends sideboard plan. Eliott Boussaud brewed it, and I completely trust him when he says a deck is busted.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Thraben Inspector, the best glue ever printed!

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Nahiri, the Harbinger. She never dies and smoothens your draws perfectly. Close behind is Release the Gremlins.



CHARLY TRAARBACH

Age: 30

Hometown: Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Occupation: I have my own media company

Number of byes: 2

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I won a PPTQ.

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mardu Vehicles, just a sick punishing deck. And I was playing it for weeks already. Bart van Etten helped me a lot with the deck, next to Frank Karsten. Thanks to them for their feedback, and to my team buddies from 4YourGames Prometheus!

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. That card is bonkers!

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Skysovereign, Consul Flagship. I was blasting Black-Green and Mardu decks all weekend with it.



DAVID BRUCKER

Age: 34

Hometown: Munich, Germany

Occupation: Data scientist

Number of byes: 0!

Previous Magic accomplishments:

European Champion 1872. (Editor's note: It was 2002.)

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Black-Green Constrictor. I played The Rock as a kid.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Snek (Winding Constrictor).

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Unnatural Selection, because it kills Scrapheap Scrounger.



KASPER NIELSEN

Age: 29

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Occupation: Office manager

Number of byes: 2

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I beat Kai Budde in a Psychatog mirror gunslinging match.

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Black-Green Constrictor. I liked the matchup against Mardu and other Black-Green builds. (I played Mardu once and Black-Green 3 times.)

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Winding Constrictor. No explanation needed.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Tireless Tracker. It came in during Rounds 13/15 and it should probably have been in the main deck.



THUAN TRUONG

Age: 34

Hometown: Germany

Occupation: -

Number of byes: 0

Previous Magic accomplishments:

-

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Black-Green. It's fun to play.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

The snake (Winding Constrictor) and Drana, Liberator of Malakir.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Gonti, Lord of Luxury. I like to play the cards of my opponent.



BERK AKBULUT

Age: 33

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

Occupation: Business development supervisor

Number of byes: 2

Previous Magic accomplishments:

3 times National team; GP Brussels 2010 Top 64.

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

4-color Saheeli. I was going to play Mardu, but another good player changed my mind and here I am! :)

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Elder Deep-Fiend, it was the MVP. It's good against aggro and control. Many times I play it at the end of my opponent's turn and then I combo off.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Kozilek's Return, because nobody expects it. Especially when I side them in against G/B Energy.

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